It's simple to apply.
If it is determined that you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an orientation session at the nearest VA Regional Office
Servicemembers who have a disability that began or became worse during active duty and who have not yet received a service-connected disability rating do not need to wait to apply. See VA Form 28-0588 for further Instructions
For Veterans and dependents without an eBenefits account
For Servicemembers: Ill or injured Servicemembers who have not yet received a SCD rating do not need to wait to apply. Servicemembers expecting a discharge that is not dishonorable who possess a VA memorandum or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20% or more - as well as Servicemembers currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board - may be eligible to receive VR&E services.
Step Two: Letter of Eligibility
Once you have applied and are deemed eligible, you will receive a letter confirming your eligibility and inviting you to attend orientation. If you are not eligible for services, you will receive a letter explaining why.
During orientation, a counselor will cover the following information and answer any questions:
Following the orientation session, a counselor will work with you to conduct an in-depth assessment of your interests, abilities, and aptitudes. The assessment process includes a one-on-one discussion of your interests, a review of your SCD and its impact on your career options, aptitude, abilities, and interest testing, and an academic evaluation. Following the assessment, your entitlement to benefits will be determined. VR&E’s goal is to help Veterans and Servicemembers with SCDs and an employment handicap prepare for, obtain, and keep suitable employment. If your SCD does not impair your ability to obtain and keep a suitable job, your counselor may refer you to other resources or programs. Each case is different; the only way to determine your entitlement is to apply.
Vocational exploration is an ongoing process. You and your counselor will work together to find the appropriate program and structure to support your career goals. You will discuss the training programs, job opportunities, or Independent Living services that best meet your needs. Your counselor will make suggestions and give you advice to help you make best use of your VA benefits.
At the end of this process, you will have worked in partnership with your counselor to identify the services required to prepare for an appropriate career.
Next, you and your counselor will develop and sign a rehabilitation plan. Your rehabilitation plan is your individualized outline of the services and resources that will be used to help you achieve your career or independent living goals as well as criteria that ensure your goals are being met.
To accomplish the goals outlined in your rehabilitation plan, you will continue to work with your counselor, who will help coordinate services and process payments for education, training, and equipment.